All eyes will be on the pristine lawns of south west London today as the 127th All England Lawn Tennis Championships kicks off at Wimbledon. The grass has been mowed, the ball girls are ready and there are 27,000 kilos of strawberries waiting to be consumed…there are no surer signs that summer is here! Even the weather forecast is looking fantastic for the first few days of the Championships!
High hopes for the British contingent
Fresh from his victory at the Queen’s Club last weekend and his appearance in the Centre Court final in 2012, Andy Murray will be looking to add the Wimbledon trophy to his US Open crown which he gained last year. Keen tennis fans will also be keeping an eye on Jonathan Marray, last year’s victor in the men’s doubles, who returns to the lawned courts of SW19 to defend his title. In the women’s half of the draw, young British hopes Laura Robson and Heather Watson will be pitting themselves against big hitters Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams as they fight for the Wimbledon crown.
No ticket? No problem!
If you didn’t manage to bag yourself a ticket in this year’s ballot, not to worry! There are plenty of ways to keep up with every serve, challenge and rain delay wherever you are. The BBC website is a great place to start with fantastic coverage on TV and online throughout the competition. To get closer to the action, why not pack up your strawberries and cream and head to one of the big screens up and down the country. With Bristol, Swansea, Swindon and Oxford just some of the places featuring a big screen this summer, you’ll never be too far away from watching Murray and co in style.
Find a cottage with a tennis court
If the manicured lawns of Wimbledon and the surprisingly good weather forecast has got you in the mood for a rally or two, why not take a look at our cottages with a tennis court? It’s the perfect opportunity to practise your backhand while enjoying a few days away exploring a new part of the country. With almost 100 self-catering cottages just perfect for tennis lovers, you’ll have to be quick in picking your summer cottage as these properties always sell out fast! If you need some help choosing, why not give our team of friendly holiday cottage advisors a call on 01244 356695? Our call centre is open until 9.30pm, seven days a week and we’re waiting to take your call.